Oliver Stone criticises MoD over pig surgery

Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. Credit: PA

Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has written to the Ministry of Defence to protest against the "barbaric and shameful" use of live pigs to train British Army doctors in battlefield surgery.

The American director, producer and screenwriter - known for films such as Born On The Fourth Of July and himself a veteran of war - urged Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to put an end to British participation in the "cruel" drills.

In a letter addressed directly to Mr Hammond via email, Stone said: "Pigs are very intelligent beings - just like the dogs and cats with whom millions of us share our homes.

The MoD last month stood by its participation in the drills, claiming they helped save lives on the battlefield.